Propagating Gooseberries From Cuttings

Propagating Gooseberries from cuttingsMid autumn (late September to early November) is the time to take gooseberry cuttings. Select a healthy looking stem about 22cm (9in) long and cleanly cut it from the parent plant (see left).

Strip off all the side shoots except the top three. Remove any buds below the leaves with a sharp knife.

Dig a small hole and add a handful of blood fish and bone. Work it into the soil. Set the prepared cutting about 5cm (2in) into the ground and gather soil around it. Gently firm it down.

Propagating Gooseberries from cuttingsWater well and then leave alone. In the next spring you should see the cutting sprout new leaves indicating that it has taken. If you want to move it then do this a year after the date of taking the cutting.



  1. Kathy Garcelon

    Hello, I’ve three flats of gooseberry cuttings, all looked well. One flat has two cuttings showing mildew. I will take them out of course but how to I prevent more mildew problems? These cuttings are all from wild bushes—and gooseberries are my favorite! Hope you can help! Thanks for your time.

    1. Andrew

      Hi Kathy

      Thank you for your question. Mildew is often a problem with poor ventilation so I would check that first and remedy. Are these gooseberry cuttings in a greenhouse or indoors? You can also combat mildew using a dilute milk solution sprayed on to the leaves. Dilute milk at approx 40% milk and 60% water and put in a handheld garden sprayer bottle. Spray both sides of the leaf every day until the problem has gone. I should also point out that milk is better at preventing mildew but it will control it with multiple applications.

      Unfortunately gooseberries are prone to mildew. Modern varieties like ‘Invicta’ are bred to be resistant but older ‘wild’ varieties will always be an issue. A regular milk spraying regime on your bushes at times when risk is high will keep them in good health.

      I hope this helps


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